Held on the flowing and undulating 3.7km, 17-turn road course, the affable Banksia Grove 20-year-old started from sixth on the grid and scythed his way through most of the leading pack to not only claim his highest US podium spot yet, but also the �hard charger award� and the �move of the race award�.
Martin, who now drives for the Cummiskey Racing Team, is a former State and national karting champion and in 2013 took the WA Formula Ford crown.
His run at Alabama puts him in fourth place in the fiercely-contested USF2000 championship, and makes him the leading rookie.
�I wasn�t sure how the race would go; I�m not very experienced in the rain,� he said.
�Thankfully, the car was just awesome. It was really fast, so I had the confidence to make the moves and it played out very well.
�It was all about getting around the track without making mistakes; and I didn�t make too many.
�I�m very happy with the result.�
Martin�s next race is at the Indy GP in Indianapolis, Indiana this weekend.
His main worry is financial. Although CRT provides the Mazda-powered racing car, Martin has to maintain it and costs are building up.